Daily Archives: August 4, 2016

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things you’ll never hear a farmer say (probably)

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things you’ll never hear a farmer say (probably)


10. Honey, how ‘bout cookin’ up some of that ginger-infused kale puree for supper?

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Match the Right Bull to Your Operation

Match the Right Bull to Your Operation

Progressive Farmer

Grady Sparks, of Alabama’s Drummond Sparks Beef, said producing a great bull is only half of the job. Matching that bull to the right operation is every bit as important. He recommends buyers consider the following to help them get a better bull the next time they are in the market.

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R-CALF CEO calls Brazilian beef action ‘terribly reckless’

R-CALF CEO calls Brazilian beef action ‘terribly reckless’

Ken Anderson

Brownfield AG Network

“Terribly reckless” is how Bill Bullard, CEO of cattle organization R-CALF USA, describes the USDA’s Brazilian beef announcement. Bullard says Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack’s decision to reopen the U.S. market to fresh and frozen Brazilian beef exposes the U.S. cattle herd to “an unnecessary and avoidable risk of disease”.

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Cattle Fly Control

Cattle Fly Control

Dave Thomas

Agriculture Proud

You know that graduate student who gets the lucky draw to help with those “fun” summer projects? Yep, that was my role when I first met today’s podcast guest. Now, to be honest, the summer project wasn’t too bad. I had the opportunity to help measure the results with a new fly tag project by taking photos of cattle each week for an entire summer.

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Tax meat until it’s too expensive to eat, new UN report suggests

Tax meat until it’s too expensive to eat, new UN report suggests

Ice Age Now

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Rather than taxing the meat at the retail level (in supermarkets and shops), Hajer recommended taxing it at the wholesale level. “We think it’s better to price meats earlier in the chain, it’s easier,” said Hajer.

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Finding the Right Path to a Career in Agriculture

Finding the Right Path to a Career in Agriculture

Lisa Prater

Successful Farming

According to a recent report from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University, there are 57,900 high-skilled agricultural job openings in the U.S. each year, while only 35,400 ag students graduate with a bachelor’s degree or higher annually.

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When a farm kid goes to an animal rights conference…

When a farm kid goes to an animal rights conference…

Laura Bardot

Animal Ag Engage

I became aware of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) from their pessimistic TV commercials trying to gain more donations by appealing to viewers’ emotions. I knew these animal rights organizations always said they were trying to help dogs and cats, but when they said they needed to “rescue” farm animals, that’s when I started to do research.

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Dog Days for Feedlots

Dog Days for Feedlots

Wyatt Bechtel


The dog days of summer are here for cattle producers as red ink continues seeping into feedlot ledgers. Cattle feeders recorded average losses of $24.43 per head last week, but nearly $10 less in red ink compared to the previous week, according to the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker. The margins represent a $75.90 per head decline over the $51.47 per head gains last month, according to estimates developed by John Nalivka, president of Sterling Marketing, Vale, Ore.

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Did you know… Exceptions to the rule

Did you know… Exceptions to the rule

Larry Corah

Feedlot Magazine

A number of years ago, noted meat scientist Dell Allen asked a great question: if we produce more Premium Choice beef, will it become “commodity” and no longer generate price premiums? Today, with great improvements in quality grade, many producers are now posing the same question.

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Managing Dust in Dry Lots

Managing Dust in Dry Lots

Joe Darrington


Hot and dry summer conditions combined with dirt cattle lots can lead to significant dust formation, especially in windy conditions. Though seemingly unavoidable in South Dakota’s windy environment, there are methods to reduce the amount of dust generated in a dry lot. We will examine some straightforward solutions to dust problems in dry lots.

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